Time: Saturday 2pm-4.30pm.
Date: July 25th
This one-off afternoon provides you the opportunity to indulge in two of life’s great pleasures: yoga and wine. An energetic, all-levels yoga practice will help bring us into the present moment, while building up a thirst. Followed up with a flight of premium New Zealand wines to tantalise your taste buds.
Tasting and appreciating wine asks the mind to focus on the aromas and flavours in the glass. Translating what we’re observing through our senses into words requires presence. Many of the principles of your yoga practice can be applied to give you a new appreciation of wine.
This fun-filled afternoon will be led by yoga facilitator and wine educator Elissa Jordan. This special class is for students with a regular yoga (Level 1-2) practice. Designed to take your relaxation up a notch, no previous experience in wine is required.
My first ever yoga class, with a former-NHL player on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, was the first time I experienced honest-to-goodness quiet. Having grown up with labels like hyper-active and attention-deficit following me around, a little quiet went a long way.
Canadians have a reputation for being able to laugh at themselves and I like to think I carry this quality into my teaching. I believe both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga student, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves. My style of teaching is dynamic and spirited and I love when students ask questions. Having studied Ashtanga, Sivananda, Embodied Flow, Iyengar, AcroYoga, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow and even a little Bikram, I pull in elements from a broad spectrum of styles to guide students to a better awareness of themselves, their capabilities and the power and wonder of their breath.
I have a get-up-and-go approach to life that serves me well – it has taken me to the top of Mt Fuji, through two Wellington half-marathons, to the depths of the Red Sea and on a bicycle ride from London to Paris. But it’s my daily yoga practice that helps keep me grounded and balanced as it continues to deliver that little hit of quiet.
When not teaching or practising yoga, I can be found spending quality time with my beloved bicycle, tasting and studying wine (www.wineylittlebitch.com) or just enjoying a tasty bit of chocolate. I am super grateful for the warm and welcoming nature of the Wellington yoga community and am honoured to be a part of it.